Dave Dombrowski on Miguel Cabrera: “We have an issue”

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Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski spoke with the media about the Miguel Cabrera situation just after 4 p.m. today.  The highlights:

  • Dombrowski has spoke with Cabrera today. Cabrera was “down, feels bad and was apologetic”;
  • Dombrowski said “We have an issue here that needs to be addressed and helped”;
  • Dombrowski expects Cabrera to join the club soon, but he’s not exactly sure when.  First position player workouts are Saturday;
  • Dombrowski was asked if he was disappointed in Cabrera, but he wouldn’t comment on that.

Cabrera won’t be disciplined by Major League Baseball over all of this because there isn’t a mechanism for baseball to do anything about criminal stuff that doesn’t involve the game.  The focus of all of this going forward, then, must necessarily be on Cabrera’s health and obvious alcohol problem.  If you’re Dave Dombrowski, you have to weight sending Cabrera to some sort of treatment program.  Or, you have to wonder whether it’s better to get him back into baseball activities — a routine and physical conditioning that makes drinking harder for him –paired up with in-camp counseling.

No easy answers, of course. And it’s certainly the case that the person who is best positioned to help Miguel Cabrera is … Miguel Cabrera.

Dominic Smith dealing with a strained right quad

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Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.

The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.

Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.